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An Amazon Prime Video Primer

Amazon Prime has become a more attractive option for many shoppers due to the allure of shopping online from the convenience of your couch, combined with free shipping, attractive prices, quick delivery and easy returns. Amazon has begun expanding into the entertainment and streaming services field with Amazon Prime Video, their push into replacing modern cable, movie rentals, etc. This is a quick primer about Amazon Prime Video.

What is Amazon Prime Video?

Amazon Prime Video is another video streaming service, but it is only accessible to Amazon Prime members or you can purchase a standalone subscription without some of the perks of Amazon Prime membership. Having a membership grants you access to thousands of Prime Video titles for no extra cost. You can also rent or buy TV shows and movies that are not available for streaming, as well as subscribe to 100+ premium channels through individual Prime Video Channel subscriptions.

What are Amazon Prime Channels and how do I get them?

Besides just the free offerings that come with the service, you can sign up for a variety of additional channels such as HBO, Showtime, and Starz. You also have the option to subscribe to Paramount Plus and other streaming services via Amazon channels.

Fortunately most of these channels offer a free trial so you can make sure you’re happy with it prior to committing to paying the monthly fee. Like cable, some Amazon channels do offer accessibility to live feeds of a particular channel. You will be able to access both live and on-demand content through both the website and the apps you use to access Prime Video.

What are Amazon Originals?

They are exclusive videos that can only be streamed through Amazon Prime Video. Not only does Amazon produce some of it’s own content, but they also buy the rights to various shows, movies, and documentaries. If you’re still confused about what this is, think of it as Netflix originals or Hulu originals except for an entirely different streaming service. Just like Netflix and Hulu, you have to be a member to have access to their exclusive content.

How Does Renting Movies via Amazon Prime Work?

Anyone with an Amazon account can rent on Prime Video through either the website, mobile app, or any Prime Video TV app. When you rent something, you have up to 30 days to begin watching it. Once it’s played for the first time, you are able to play, pause, and watch it as many times as you’d like over the course of 48 hours.

Can you buy movies through Amazon Prime?

Yes, you can! It doesn’t require a subscription to Amazon Prime either. That being said, if you are a member then you’ll be able to use the same interface and account to both rent and buy movies.

Is Amazon Prime Video an Adequate Cable Replacement?

No, it’s not because they only offer content that is produced or owned by Amazon. It does not grant access to most live programs. Though you will be able to tune into some live football games, you’ll still be missing out on the majority of live content that’s accessible via cable.

Amazon Prime Video is a great supplement to basic cable, but certainly not a replacement. If you’re looking to cut your cable cords, we highly suggest looking for a suitable replacement elsewhere.

Is Amazon Prime Video Worth Paying For?

It is definitely worth using if you’re already an Amazon Prime member, since this perk comes with the subscription. If not, it could still be worth the $8.99 per month if you plan on watching the Amazon originals and some of the movies offered.



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